Prisoners Literature Project

Volunteer

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, and assist with other administrative tasks. Our volunteers say they enjoy the inclusive, friendly and respectful environment that we strive to maintain.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PLP still hosts small in-person volunteer sessions when we can, currently by invitation only and following strict safety protocols to protect us all. Please fill in this Google Form to get on the list to be contacted about attending a session! And please note that we receive many volunteer applications, and we run a limited number of sessions, so it might be a while before we can get back to you or invite you to attend a session.

About the Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an inclusive, all-volunteer, grassroots nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage reading, the pursuit of knowledge, and self-determination among incarcerated people. By sending free reading materials to those behind bars, PLP aims to foster learning and critical thinking and help prepare people to lead successful lives after incarceration. We believe that all people have a right to read.

Please consider donating to the PLP or volunteering your time (if you live in the Bay Area, CA!) to help us answer letters from prisoners who write us from all over the United States.

Latest News
We’re having an Open House on June 4th!
May 2022

Help us celebrate our new, roomier and sun-filled location. We’ve worked hard to create a nice space for volunteers to work as we answer book requests.


PLP thank you letters — Spring 2022
May 2022

We’re so happy to share some more notes of appreciation that we’ve received from book recipients over the past couple of months. Joy oh joy we love to find these kind words tucked in the hundreds of letters we receive each month!


PLP’s at the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend!
May 2022

Great news: Prisoners Literature Project will be at the Bay Area Book Festival this weekend in downtown Berkeley!